A victim of sexual abuse at a Katanning hostel says he hopes the sentence handed to the perpetrator will encourage other victims to come forward.

Dennis McKenna will be in jail until at least 2024, after he was sentenced to another nine year term for abusing children while warden of St Andrew's Hostel from 1975 to 1990.

The sentencing was for another 34 charges he pleaded guilty to late last year.

McKenna is already in custody for earlier convictions.

Victim Todd Jefferis says the sentence will help those who were abused to recover.

"We couldn't be happier in that regard really because we have been taken seriously finally and there's a lot of lads who've had the opportunity to come forward and speak about the ordeal, and see a result of that," he said.

Mr Jefferis says he believes there are more victims.

"I'll be very surprised if some more lads don't come forward over time," he said.

"We know that there is more but some of them just aren't ready yet which is understandable.

"Let's hope that at some stage there may be ready, there may be several that we don't know about that may decide it's a good time to come forward."

Katanning shire president Richard Kowald says he believes McKenna's crimes will leave a stigma on the town for many years to come.

But, he says the sentence will help the town move on.

"I'm certain it will bring some more closure, another step in a long line of processes," he said.

"I'm not sure how old Dennis McKenna will be when he's eligible for bail but I guess that will open wounds again.

"Hopefully this does help everyone."

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